Edinson Cavani scores with 40-yard lob against Fulham, with a video of it quickly going viral across various social media platforms.
An incredible roar from inside Old Trafford as talisman Bruno Fernandes releases Edinson Cavani with a flick and the Uruguayan is free, around 35-40 yards out.
He spots Alphonse Areola off his line and lofts a delightful finish of the French goalkeeper and into the net.
A wonderful effort. VAR had a look, and it stood.
WHAT A GOAL! 🏹
Edinson Cavani welcomes the #MUFC fans back to Old Trafford with a long-range stunner! 🎯
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 18, 2021
A lucky break for #MUFC?
VAR decided Bruno Fernandes got a touch on David de Gea’s pass, making Cavani onside – did they make the right call? 🧐 pic.twitter.com/0m4aIVUmsT
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 18, 2021
Simon Stone (BBC Sport at Old Trafford), said: “If you have to wait over 14 months to see a goal, it needs to be worth the wait.
“That was. Brilliant. Perfect executive by Cavani. First time he has scored in front of fans at Old Trafford as a Manchester United player.”
Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness: “It’s a spectacular goal. Great vision. He’s executed it perfectly.
“I don’t think so (on if Bruno touched the ball). It’s not conclusive but watch the dot on the ball; if there’s a touch on the ball, the dot would have moved. It doesn’t deviate at all.”
Sky Sports’ Gary Neville: “Was there ever any doubt that this crowd was going to love Edinson Cavani? Absolutely not!
“He sees Areola off his line and has time to set himself and the execution is just perfect.”
Cavani was left furious recently after having the ball in the net against Spurs but his goal was disallowed following a long VAR review that saw Chris Kavanagh head over to the screen and decide that Scott McTominay had fouled Heung-Min Son in the build-up.
“VAR takes away the charm and the essence of football,” the 33-year-old told South American outlet DosDePunta.
“You don’t know why a referee awards a penalty against you or rules you offside – or even how it works.
“It is difficult. You score a goal and then have to wait two minutes before you can celebrate.
“Or, even worse, you celebrate then they tell you it has been ruled out because your fingernail or your hair was in an offside position.
“Or else because one of your team-mates committed a minor foul that nobody noticed – 14 passes before you put the ball in the net.
“Us players don’t count when things like this are brought in. It’s a case of ‘Play and keep your mouth shut – you earn lots of money.’
“Football is becoming a slog for us, even if there is some passion as well. You need to keep a cool head to put up with this routine for a long time.”
The ex-PSG player also offered some strong opinions on the proposed European Super League that collapsed following monumental criticism from fans, pundits, government ministers and governing bodies.
Cavani, as expected, is completely against the idea of a Super League and believes it would stop “average clubs” from dreaming big.
He added: “When the Super League came around I told myself: ‘That can’t be possible – if it happens, what can we expect next?’
“I don’t share its ideas at all. I am not in agreement with it.
“You mustn’t deprive more modest teams the chance of playing in the Champions League.
“Or stop average clubs from dreaming of competing with the bigger ones, and having a place among the elite.
“You can’t deny fans of these clubs the chance to have this experience.”
Fans gave their reaction to the video footage after Edinson Cavani scores with a 40-yard lob against Fulham…
@AndrewAFC89: Edinson Cavani absolutely outstanding what a finish that was
@BayyyG: Cavani what the fuck
@madridreigns: Edinson Cavani is one of the most underrated strikers of this generation.
@Daud__Abdi: Nahhhh what a fucking goal. Cavani in front of the fans. This is what we’ve missed
@bowx313: Protect Cavani at all costs 🔥🔥🔥
@Mr_Okosun: Çavani you beautiful man
@Caleb_Mufc: NAHHHHHH EDINSON CAVANI – BEST STRIKER IN THE WORLD OMDDSSS CAN YOUR STRIKER SCORE FROM THE HALFWAY LINE !?!?!?!?!?
@Cait__96: CAVANI TAKE A BOW
@HLTCO: Edinson Cavani, that was outrageous.
@_aidanflynn: that finish by Cavani 👏🏼
@Elliotwhiting5: Edinson Cavani that is magical 🤩
@1lino__: CAVANI DID THAT FOR THE FANS!!
@GreggMcNally: Don’t @ me.. Edinson Cavani is the 🐐 what a goal that is!
@CharlotteCork: WHAT A GOAL FROM CAVANI
@dezroberts1: What a fucking goal that is, qualify finish! Cavani has been a revelation to United, a proper striker 👏
@alishaavfc: If I was cavani and that was offside i would’ve just deaded myself
@notkairav: OH MY DAYS EDINSON CAVANI YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL HAVE MY CHILDREN
@quaggmaya: Surely that should be the goal of the season by Cavani.
@LMF9320: Isn’t he offside from de gea’s kick if Bruno didn’t touch it
@nav_gahir: OH CAVANI YOU BEAUTIFUL MAN
@official_pryde: Harry Kane who? We got the El Matador Edinson Cavani!!!
@C99Cody1·: Didn’t he come back from an offside position though cos Bruno didn’t actually get a touch to that
@tobyedwards9: Cracking goal from cavani, Imagine that being the first goal you’ve seen in months
@ShaneORourke_15: Great finish but it was offside?
@Selwood_Starr: PSG let cavani go on a free transfer… that goal was class
CAVANIIIIIII SCORING INFRONT OF THE FANSSSSS pic.twitter.com/vktnpbGt7p
— We want Sancho (@TRYANG06) May 18, 2021
— Les Richardson (@lesrich23) May 18, 2021
MARK LAWRENSON’S PREDCTION:
United have the Europa League final next week but this is their last home game of the season, with their fans back at Old Trafford, and I think they will field a strong team.
I can’t see United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doing the same at Wolves on Sunday, but a win here would be a good way for them to sign off.
I don’t think already relegated Premier League side Fulham will be able to stop them.
Lawro’s prediction: 3-0